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January 2018 Newsletter

Dear Friends, Happy 2018! One of my resolutions for the New Year is to return to more regular newsletters and website updates. I have posted over twenty new articles updating you on various projects and issues of interest to the … Continue reading

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New Water Access coming to Southbank

Two new water access facilities are in design along the Southbank Riverwalk. The first is an ADA accessible kayak launch that would be added at a floating dock near the eastern edge of the School Board site. This project was … Continue reading

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Friendship Fountain Restoration

Several years ago, a project was added to the City Capital Improvement plan to restore Friendship Fountain to its former glory. I believe this may have been added prior to the time I became the Council representative for the Southbank, … Continue reading

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Quiet Zones- silencing the train horns

Over the last several years, I have researched the options regarding Quiet Zones and directional horns on several occasions. It is a recurring request from constituents and the federal policies seem to be a bit of a moving target. Recently, … Continue reading

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Do you know our Pedestrian Laws?

Where is it legal to cross the street? When do you as a motorist have the obligation to yield to a pedestrian (who would be at fault in a crash)? What is a crosswalk and are they only at signals? … Continue reading

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The Quiz Answers

If you completed the quiz, I’m sure you discovered that it starts out easy and becomes more difficult as you move across the page. Rules of the road (and sidewalks and bike lanes are considered part of the road) are … Continue reading

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Cuba Hunter Park- Art in Public Places

Jacksonville has had a long standing requirement that a small portion of the construction cost of every new building or facility is to be used for public art. When the facilities were constructed at Cuba Hunter Park, it was no … Continue reading

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After School Programming returns to Dupont Middle

In late September, I was contacted by Ashley Smith Juarez, our district School Board member, regarding the elimination of Dupont Middle School’s after-school program. Apparently, due in part to a change in non-profit providers and in part to a change … Continue reading

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Southbank Public Access/Amenity Improvements

Reprinted below is a working graphic I created to assist in discussion of existing and future Southbank Riverwalk improvements, water taxi docks, and the multi-use path that will connect the loops. The ultimate goal is a complete loop for walkers … Continue reading

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Window Displays at City Hall Highlight our History

Jacksonville has such an interesting and important history!  And while St. Augustine has claimed its history as its identity, our stories remain untold and unknown even to our residents. As a small step toward sharing several unique elements of our … Continue reading

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Hurricane Matthew Clean-up and Repairs

Jacksonville was lucky and avoided the widespread destruction that Hurricane Matthew could have produced in our immediate area. Thank you to all of you for heeding evacuation orders, displaying patience with power outages, and for helping your neighbors. Nevertheless, there … Continue reading

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Landon Track

In September I attended the ribbon cutting on the recently completed drainage improvements at Landon Track and the official opening of the track for public use on evenings, weekends, and school vacations. What a great community asset! I want to … Continue reading

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